Pat Kiernan

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Pat Kiernan
Kiernan WTC 2006.jpg
Kiernan at the World Trade Center site, 2006
Born(1968-11-20) November 20, 1968 (age 45)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Pat Kiernan
Kiernan WTC 2006.jpg
Kiernan at the World Trade Center site, 2006
Born(1968-11-20) November 20, 1968 (age 45)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Patrick "Pat" Kiernan (born November 20, 1968) is a Canadian-born American television host, appearing as the morning news anchor of NY1 since 1997. He is widely known in New York City for his "In the Papers" feature, in which he summarizes the colorful content in New York City's daily newspapers, replete with his deadpan humor. Kiernan has also hosted game shows and appeared in films and on television either as himself or as a reporter.


Kiernan began his news career in 1988 at CKRA-FM in Edmonton while a business student at the University of Alberta. He later made a transition from radio to television at Edmonton's CFRN News. In 1993, he moved to another Edmonton television station, CITV, where he produced the weekday primetime newscast. Kiernan moved to New York City three years later to work for Time Warner, where he soon became the morning anchor of NY1. Kiernan is usually on air from 5 AM until 10 AM, weekdays. He was on air on the morning of the September 11th terrorist attacks, and remained on air for nearly 15 hours that day.[1] Kiernan also serves as a correspondent for Business News Network in Canada. From 2000 to 2004, Kiernan was the co-anchor of the CNNfn program "The Money Gang." His co-hosts included Christine Romans and two fellow Canadians, Amanda Lang and Ali Velshi. In 2008, Kiernan created Pat's Papers, a website curation of his favorite stories from newspapers across the United States.[2]

In January 2014, Kiernan added an afternoon job to his long-running morning routine, joining WABC (AM) Radio to host a 5 pm weeknight news/talk show recapping the events of the day in and around New York City.[3]

Kiernan has appeared in cameos as himself or as a reporter in such films as The Interpreter (2005), Night at the Museum (2006), True North (film) (2006), The Son of No One (2011), and Iron Man 3 (2013). He has been featured in publications including New York Magazine ("Morning Star", February 5, 2001), and the New York Post ("Dream Job: Pat Kiernan", October 3, 2005) and the Law & Order: Criminal Intent (episode "Rispetto"; 2011).

On March 7, 2012, Kiernan served as co-host with Kelly Ripa on Live! with Kelly. The appearance came nearly a year after a New York Magazine article in which he declared his interest in the soon-to-be-vacant job because it was a "rare intersection" of his knowledge of New York City and his passion for pop culture.[4] The New York Daily News covered the March 7 program with a minute-by-minute live blog.[5]

In 2013, Canada's Report on Business Magazine named Kiernan one of the "16 Canadians We Want Back."[6]

Game Shows[edit]

Kiernan has also hosted several game shows, all produced by Michael Davies: Studio 7, which aired on The WB Television Network in the summer of 2004; two seasons of The World Series of Pop Culture, which began airing on VH1 July 10, 2006, and July 9, 2007 respectively. He served as the off-screen "questioner" of the US version of Grand Slam, which premiered on GSN on August 4, 2007.

In May 2013 Kiernan joined Crowd Rules as one of the two co-hosts on the small business competition series. The ratings for the series fell below expectations and CNBC has yet to air six of the eight episodes initially produced.

Personal life[edit]

Kiernan was married to Dawn Lerohl on June 4, 1994. They moved to Manhattan in 1996 and are citizens of both the United States and Canada.[7] They used to reside on the Upper West Side but in April 2012 Kiernan purchased a $2 million luxury townhouse in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.[8] They have two children, Lucy (October 27, 2001) and Maeve (July 12, 2004).[9]


All roles are credited as himself, unless otherwise noted


2014The Amazing Spider-Man 2NY1 Morning Anchor
2014Non-StopNY1 Anchor
2014Jack Ryan: Shadow RecruitAnchor
2012The Avengers
20114:44 Last Day on EarthNews Anchor
2011The Son of No OneNews Reporter #1
2006Night at the MuseumTV News Anchor
2006True NorthHenri
2006Around the World in 90 SecondsPatShort film; writer
2005The Interpreter
2001StorytellingTV News Announcer (voice)Uncredited


2014Broad CityHurricane Wanda
2013The Daily Show with Jon StewartJehane Noujim
2013Golden BoyPilot
201230 RockWhat Will Happen to the Gang Next Year?
2012Animal PracticeDr. Yamamazing
2012Live with Kelly and Michael3 episodesGuest Co-Host
2011Law & Order: Criminal IntentRispetto
2009Gameshow and TellDocumentary
2008Who Wants to Be a Millionaire5 episodesGuest Expert
2007Grand Slam8 episodesThe Questioner
2006-2007World Series of Pop Culture16 episodesHost
2007ShowBusiness: The Road to BroadwayDocumentary
2004Studio 7Host
2002People I Know
2001Spin CityChinatown


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